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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,000 miles

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1998 BMW 528 electrical problems

electrical problem

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1998 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 152010


  • 115,000 miles


The wiring harness that enters the trunk lid that supplies the lights for the rear license plate and the trunk lid release has frayed at the exact point where the harness enters the trunk lid. The wiring comes in direct contact with the sharp edge at the opening in the trunk lid, and several of the wires have broken at this point, resulting in failure of the license plate lights. In addition, the dashboard indicator shows that the trunk lid is open even though it's locked. I performed an internet search and this seems to be a common problem with several BMW models.

- Riverside, NJ, USA

problem #1

Oct 102005

528 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles
The steering wheel intermittently moves up and down on its own while driving. In addition, the brake lights stay on constantly and the air bag indicator light on the dash comes on intermittently.

- Greenville, WI, USA

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